Another Zen Chic beauty

Another Zen Chic beauty that was whipped up and believe me it was whipped up.  Kerrie Thomas (Black Forest Quilting) did a great job on the quilting …

Tha pattern as have all been sold and l only have charm squares left in the fabric …..


Feb. February February oh no

My phone calendar had a reminder on it to write my blog at some stage during this month , so why not start on the first day of the month, cos it may not happen by the end of the month.

So l have just completed Octo by Zen Chic, a foundation pieced pattern using one of Brigettes collections called For You . It was fun to do my accuracy was a bit off at times but hey l still love it .

I have a few patterns available and plenty of pre cuts ……



so l managed to behave like a grown up and work out how to take photos on my iPad and put them on my website ….yep l know …..happy Australia Day ……….


Welcome to 2016

Happy New Year…….

January is flying and this post makes me realise that half of January is gone already.

I am once again having camera/downloading issue so all of the new pictures l have taken for my blog are not being shared with you at this stage.

The camera may end up in the bin……

Lots of new boxes have been unpacked and the fabric is already on the shelf.

French General-  La Petite Due

Marcus Bros- Red is the new neutral.

Tim Holtz-  eccelctric Elements 2 (i think thats the name)

Liberty a variety of new bolts.

and a few more that remain nameless…..

I have started to add the new dates for classes to the list so you will find them listed there.

The newest class will be Know your overlocker, this is for beginners and is held on a Friday morning, check the calendar for dates.

Thats it for the minute.

Cheers Mary


December 1

Hard to write the date down today, as its really the countdown now till Christmas and there is so much to do…both at the shop and at home not to mention birthdays for family members.

I did get the Shop Christmas quilt up a month ago so l was proud of myself for that but realised there wasnt a photo of it.

The quilt is made of entirely scraps, including the linen background courtesy of a mistake in cutting that l made some time ago……..

Kerrie Thomas of Black Forest Quilting did a fabulous job as usual, with the quilting you may see the little Christmas trees quilted.

001jpgactually you wont see the Christmas trees becuse they are in the border.

There are other Christmas fabrics available at the shop and l have pictured just a small example.

002jpgLynette Andersons Christmas…

003jpgSparkly Christmas…..

004jpgand the fabulous Cotton and Steel Christmas….

Classes for the year will wind up next week, but l have been working on a variety of classes for next year.

I will be introducing a range of dressmaking based classes run on a Friday morning, the projects are being finalised at the moment but they look great and varied.

“Using your overlocker” is also coming  to a Friday morning….so watch the class schedule for dates.

Judy Newman and Irene Blanck will be having January 2016 classes dates are listed in the class schedule.  Bookings are essential.

My shop hours for the holiday period:

I will be closed Thursday 24 December 2015 and reopen Tuesday  5 January 2016.

To extend my break l will be reducing my shop opening hours for the first week only  10.00 am  – 4.00 pm

So thanks again.

Cheers Mary


November on the countdown to Christmas

My 10 th Birthday Sale was a roaring success, there were lots of celebrations across the week and lots and lots of foot traffic, so thankyou to all that called in and collected bargains.

I felt it was quite a milestone for me, its been a lot of hard work all of which l have enjoyed, there are some out there that think retail is easy….let me tell you its not…

Anyway the sale is done and dusted for this year.  The winner of the door prize  was Sally Inglis, l presented her with a huge travel bag of goodies, which she was more than happy with.

So then on the Monday after the sale all of my Christmas fabric that had been stock piled since June and then 6 new collections of fabric had to be put out on the floor (that was fun)

001jpgThis was the first display to get done, the main features are Cotton and Steel’s Christmas range.  Its just so different which is why l found it so appealing.

003jpgl managed to finish a Christmas tree skirt by  Claire Turpin designs/Tied with a Ribbon collaboration.  The fun with this is it is totally made of scraps and everything fitted perfectly, a credit to the designers…..The pattern is available at the shop.

As l mentioned l had new collections:

004jpgModa s Modern Backgrounds………just perfect…..teams well with Chic Neutrals……

005jpgA new Aunt Grace 1930s collection…….

006jpgsome more of the amazing Tim Holtz………..

007jpgl filled the gaps on the Kaffe Fassett shelves…no more to say about that…….

010jpgl managed to get a good quality range of widebacks………

There are a few more collections to add but l ran out of time to photograph….so you will have to wait for the next post.

So for the moment  ..


10 th Birthday Sale

The 10 th Birthday Sale has finally arrived.

So the details are :

The sale will run from Monday 19 October to Saturday 24 October 2015

There is 30 % off all fabrics (except Liberty, QuiltBacks )  minimum cut is 50 cm.

No layby or rainchecks.

There is also a door prize……………


So thats all of the official stuff, now the serious stuff, a big huge thankyou to all of my customers that come in and purchase and basically keep the shop ticking over.

I love what l do and get great enjoyment from putting all of the workings of my shop together…..

I intend to be around for a lot longer, as my to do list for the shop is still big……….

So once again thankyou.

It would be remiss of me not to mention my shop “chicks”, thankyou also to Carmel ,Janine ,Danni and Ashley who keep things working for me and put up with my rearranging…..

To my core group of teachers, Carol , Marina , Janine, Jan, Irene and Judy  thankyou……you get the “bums ” on seats.

Next year this group will expand to include some more variety in workshops so keep a look out.

So onwards and upwards….or to infinity and beyond (ok thats enough).

Cheers Mary


August chats

I could’nt  think of a better heading for this post, it seems that chatting is a dying art, that is using your voice…….rather than your fingers on your phone …..

Social media has taken over, and while yes l do use it(social media) for my business, basically l see my phone as a tracking device…….

Get your head out of the phone and talk to people directly…..

Manners and social graces seem to be missing……

Anyway just an issue that floated through my head, after first hand experience……

I love at chat (surprise surprise)……maybe the next time you are in the street or a shop maybe smile or say hello to someone you dont know…it may make there day…….or yours…….get your nose out of your phone….

001jpg005jpgHalle Rose, a sweet collection and looks ideal in kids clothing.

002jpgLove this collection  called Jungle Thing……panels and matching fabric……appeals to my sense of humour.

004jpgAnother new range: Chic Neutrals………

006jpgand the long awaited Cotton and Steel collection………

003jpgI finally managed to get the binding finished on this cot quilt…..there a re a couple of kits available for this quilt.

Cheers Mary

PS: Jack has had his first taste of solids,  and managed it like a seasoned trooper, and l thought like father like son…..


Brrrrr stating the obvious …its cold

July so far weather wise has been a cold month in Melbourne, and a little bit fresher in Gisborne but that is expected.

Nothing that cranking up the heater doesnt fix…so my shop is beautiful and warm……

The regular box unpacking continues….and my changing the shop around is still a current theme….

002jpgFrench General – Bon Voyage precuts and only the greens /blues arrived…..

007jpg“Darling”-  modern greys and pinks in geometric patterns .

008jpgAmazing Amy Butler  collection called Bright Heart.

009jpgand lovely new Liberty  great price at $50.00 per metre…..

The other great thing that has happened is that Irene Blancks new Block of the Month  Paradise of Birds has started ……..(dont panic if you have registered and havent heard from me that will happen this week)

As with all BOMs there are only limited spots so currently the first program is full but l am taking names as l will be starting a second program, so you can register for the next one.

003jpgThankyou to all that popped in for my first quilt sale… went well with more than half of the quilts sold.  It may be a regular calender event……

001jpgThanks again for another great month…..

Cheers Mary

Jack news:    Jack is a little chubby 3 month old now smiling and gooing, not surprising that he has his mother and father wrapped around his little fat fingers……  He is however still keeping them up at night……